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18 articles written by Dylan Samson
Richard Brown on the set of True Detective

Richard Brown on the set of True Detective

As executive producer on HBO’s Emmy nominated “True Detective,” Richard Brown has had an exciting year. Born in Scotland, Brown began his career in the music industry working as a talent scout for Island Records and Geffen Records, before moving into the film world in the mid-90s, transitioning into the role of producer. He’s since gone on to produce films in America and the UK, and create and produce “The Directors Label,” a hugely popular DVD series exploring the work of influential directors like Michael Gondry, Jonathan Glazer and Spike Jonze. Though he’s currently in pre-production for the highly anticipated second season of “True Detective,” Brown recently emailed LASTBLOG from his Soho apartment in New York City, to talk about the runaway success of “True Detective,” the ways in which his role as producer allows him to collaborate with directors, and several of the exciting new projects he has in the pipeline.

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Lynne Hiriak in her favorite mens sweatshirt

Lynne Hiriak in her favorite mens sweatshirt

Lynne Hiriak owns more sweaters than anyone you know. Being forced to wear sweaters almost every day during her formative years, it’s no surprise her personal collection currently hovers around 200. Throughout her professional career, Hiriak has become something of an expert on the garment, honing her specialty during her time as a knitwear director at Michael Kors, and sharing that knowledge as a consultant to labels like Derek Lam and Ralph Rucci. Outside of her consulting work, Hiriak runs Cardigan New York, her own boutique label specializing in knitwear and ready to wear pieces. A long time resident of New York City, she recently spoke with LASTBLOG about her love of sweaters, her experiences collaborating with major fashion labels and her evolving relationship with the city she calls home.

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Laura Albert, photo by Danny Nicoletta

Laura Albert, photo by Danny Nicoletta

Laura Albert is the author of three extremely popular novels – Sarah, The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, and Harold’s End – published under the name JT LeRoy. JT was Albert’s avatar, freeing her to craft a new voice in fiction, until 2006, when The New York Times revealed her to be the actual writer of the books. Albert had ingeniously hacked the literary establishment, and today enthusiasm for her writing – as JT and under her own name – continues to grow internationally. Jeffrey Deitch’s characterization of the JT LeRoy saga as “one of the most interesting contributions to art and literature of the past 20 years” is supported by such recent activities as Albert’s speaking engagement at The Moth and the hit Brazilian musical “JT, A Punk Fairy Tale.” Proclaimed “the indie fashion fighter” by the SF Chronicle, she has attended literary events and judged at film festivals worldwide, including Diane Pernet’s A Shaded View On Fashion Film. Laura Albert responded to LASTBLOG’s questions, emailing from San Francisco about her experience writing as JT LeRoy, some of her upcoming projects, and how her creative process has changed since she began publishing work under her own name.

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Howard Collinge

Though much of his career has been spent creating international advertising campaigns for brands like Levi’s, Audi and MTV, so much of Howard Collinge’s work falls well outside the world of advertising. He’s a partner in Architecture, Branding and Design firm, a founder of a publication and e-commerce platform that explores the style and ideas of the most interesting and “unique” people in history, and started his own fashion label inspired by the care and love of grandmothers.  He’s also created an award-winning branded entertainment series for Snoop Dogg, and written and published “Beautiful Economics – How Art, Design, Beauty and Unicorns Will Save the Universe”, which launched alongside a re-imagined version of the NASDAQ stock ticker. Collinge once placed stuffed fake birds in trees around New York City, delivering twitter posts to passers-by. Collinge has spent his professional life navigating the intersection between creativity and commerce, and though he’s constantly juggling a handful of different projects, he recently emailed us from his studio at Neuehouse, a shared workspace for entrepreneurs and creative professionals to discuss his theories on economics, some of his recent projects, and his “Unique Creatures” platform.

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Sebastien Leon, photo by Thomas Derain

Sebastien Leon, photo by Thomas Derain

Sebastien Leon transforms spaces with sculpture and sound. Creating installations that can take up entire rooms, Leon frequently uses sound not only to enhance his art, but to help him realize each piece’s goals. As much a musician as a visual artist, his work shows that visual and audio perception are essentially inseparable, just as they are in the natural world. A frequent collaborator with other artists and musicians from around the world, he holds a unique perspective about how contemporary art exists across cultures. He recently spoke to us over email from his studio in Tribeca, NYC, to discuss some of his recent pieces, his interest in the increasing cross-disciplinary projects, and how he embraces the unexpected when creating something new.

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Massimiliano Locatelli © CLS Architetti

Massimiliano Locatelli © CLS Architetti

Massimiliano Locatelli works to turn dreams into reality. Most of his early life was spent working towards a career in architecture, and by his mid 20’s he had already earned a PHD in Interiors and founded his own firm, CLS Architetti. Working between New York and Milan, he’s designed homes, stores, and entire buildings in cities like Paris, London, Moscow, Saigon, and many others. Mixing the natural with the fantastic, he has created spaces that wouldn’t appear in most architects’ wildest imaginations, even going as far as to design an entire store that appears to be upside down for Viktor & Rolf. He recently spoke with us over email about some of his projects, the techniques and themes he’s excited to explore in the future, and his lifelong love of architecture.

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Jonah Freeman & Justin Lowe, photo by Blossom Berkofsky

Jonah Freeman & Justin Lowe, photo by Blossom Berkofsky

Through their art, Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe bring their audience into a fully formed world of their own creation. The two have been making large scale installations for the last 10 years, and have become renowned for the intense attention to detail they put into every piece. Walking through the rooms Freeman and Lowe create, visitors will find libraries full of completely original books and disused print factories and commercials that never existed, all to make the installations feel like a forgotten piece of history. Though they’ve been working on a new installation, they spoke to us via email about about their long-running collaboration, the research and details required to make their installations believable, and how their previous installations affect any new work they begin.

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Diane Pernet at ASVOFF6 Tokyo

Diane Pernet at ASVOFF6 Tokyo

Diane Pernet knows the fashion industry inside and out. She spent years running her own label and working as a costume designer before changing course in 2005 and founding one of the first fashion blogs, A Shaded View on Fashion. In 2008, she expanded the ASVOF brand with A Shaded View on Fashion Film, a film festival that has since been held in Paris, Rome, Tokyo and recently made its American debut in New York City. Never seen without her iconic style, she recently emailed us from Paris to talk about her unique position in the world of fashion, the effect the internet has had on the industry and her abiding passion for film.

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